Life from the Barely Quicker Lane
An antidote of such acceleration ills has arrived comprising Mazda’s higher, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs regular in the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on within the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is available just with a six-speed auto, could become specific with a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, the recent mill bumps output by 29 horsepower and 35 lb-ft of torque. So endowed, our CX-5 cracked off a 7.6-second 0-to-60 time and knocked down the quarter in 15.8. Welcome improvements to be certain, but at the expense of some mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic offers averaged a great 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 percent with the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was gathered in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving through the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint using the accelerator could yield results closer to the authorized EPA mixed amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow about 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Even so the numbers only tell element of the story. Whereas the 155-hp, 2.0-liter CX-5 is a willing but weak companion, the 184-hp, 2.5-liter car is a little an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations when the base car would best hold out for the wider opening. All the chassis goodness with the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, plus the linear response and feedback with the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. It is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in together with the routine predictability on the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
However the braking components are away from exotic-single-pot calipers around, 11.7-inch vented front rotors and 11.9-inch solid rotors in back-Mazda has tuned the setup well, and our CX-5 2.5 stopped from 70 mph in 166 feet.
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